Local councillor faces pressure to step down after moving 400 MILES away from his constituents

Mail Online | 5/15/2018 | Daily Mail Reporter
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When most local politicians stand for election, they promise voters they will throw themselves into tackling local issues.

But one councillor has decided to take a more distant approach to his duties – by moving 400 miles away from his ward to a Scottish town.

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Donald Adey says that despite now living in Cupar, Fife – a seven-hour drive from the village of Trumpington which he represents – he can resolve local issues via the internet and telephone.

The independent councillor is facing growing pressure to step down from both Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council amid concerns that he is unable to properly represent his 9,000 constituents.

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But the 66-year-old former Lib Dem says that he has no intention of giving up either role, which come with annual taxpayer-funded allowances totalling almost £14,500.

Mr Adey, who arrived in Cupar three months ago with his husband, Ray Carlos, said he moved because of Brexit and 'Right-wing' attitudes in England.

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He said: 'I am quite confident I can well cover the needs of the constituents there by using the internet, phone, Skype and such things.

'I'm not the only councillor that lives outside Cambridgeshire. I think one even spends most of...
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